BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 1, Day 3: Matthew 1:18-25

Summary of passage:  Jesus’ mother, Mary was pledged to marry Joseph but before they got married she became pregnant through the Holy Spirit.  Joseph was going to divorce her until an angle of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and told him that the baby was from God and to not be afraid.  Name him Jesus because he will save his people from sin.

This fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy (Isaiah 7:14) of a virgin giving birth to a son named Immanuel, “God with us”.  When Joseph awoke he obeyed the angel of the Lord and married Mary but did not sleep with her until she gave birth to Jesus.

Questions:

5a)  Jesus, which is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves (verse 21) and Immanuel, which means “God with us.” (verse 23).  I’ve also seen in Hebrew “Yahweh is salvation”.  Yahweh is Hebrew for God.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Jesus has saved me from my sins, ensuring my ascension to heaven and God is with me wherever I go, which provides me with great comfort, especially now as we are in the midst of another move.  He is in me through the Holy Spirit which drives my every step in this life.

6a)  John 3:17:  God sent his son to save the world through him.

John 8:24: If you do not believe in Jesus, you will die in your sins (the word “saved” is not used in this verse.  Wondering if this is a misprint).

John 10:14-16:  Jesus laid down his life for us (again, “saved” is not used).

Acts 4:12:  Only Jesus can save us.

Romans 10:9:  If you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead then you will be saved.

Ephesians 2:5,8:  Through God’s grace (a gift from Him) alone have we been saved as long as we believe in Him.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  In the Christian faith, it’s all positive.  I am saved by Jesus’s death on the cross so I get to go to heaven.  If we are talking secular, then it could be either.  In the independent minds of most Americans (and American women) some don’t want to be “saved” by anyone.  I like being saved personally.  For I have been saved many times by many a person God has placed in my path.  God saves us even when we’re not talking about eternal salvation.

Conclusions:  I’m assuming since saved is in quotes it’s supposed to appear in the passages but in two it does not.  That frustrates me.  Question 6b is a puzzler because there is definitely a broad interpretation of this word.  Webster’s Dictionary alone has 4 separate definitions, each with numerations under those.

Matthew here focuses on where Jesus came from.  Luke goes into details about Jesus actual birth.

End Note:  The name “Jesus” was fairly common at the time and God elevated its significance.

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